Lollipops in August 1988 originally as a hobby; I already had experience of
running a variety of businesses and wanted my next venture to allow me to have
good quality time with my grandchildren.
nursery seemed the perfect opportunity.
Over the years I have seen my family grow to four Grandchildren and I’m
now a Great Nan of 8 beautiful children.
Lollipops started me on a fantastic journey of fun, discovery and learning.
are the core of everything I do and my children have been a great support over
the years, as Lollipops grew more established they took on a variety of roles
to make the nursery successful.
offers a support network to children and their families, we offer an environment
that is fun, happy and nurturing with a motivated, skilful, knowledgeable team
that have a passion for lifelong learning.
BA Early Years
Forest School Leader
Lollipops originally just to help support my mum’s new business establish
whilst I looked for a shop to open a beauty salon. As time went by I grew to love working with the
children so I decided to stay. Children really are infectious, there’s
something about a child’s intoxicating laugh!
went on I gained many childcare qualifications, Lollipops grew to two
nurseries, a breakfast / after school and holiday club. Over the years I have had some fantastic
trips and adventures with the holiday club and was sad to see it go. Within my
years here I have become a mother and have two wonderful children both of which
have come to work with me and both have enjoyed the benefits of nursery. Being a mum brings many challenges of which
have made me a stronger practitioner. As a vegan
and animal lover and a lifelong love of the natural world I have always valued
the importance of children’s learning in the outdoors. I went on to train as a Forest school
Practitioner, forest school was enlightening, and it echoed all my values. I finally found an ethos that had a child
centred approach with the ever changing moods and marvels, and challenges of
the natural world. At Lollipops
we have a large on site Forest school and mud kitchen so our children get to
enjoy the inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities
to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning
experiences in a woodland / natural environment. We have now
downscaled Lollipops to one nursery, making the decision to dedicate all of our
attention to creating one early years setting of excellence. We have an
incredibly skilful, knowledgeable and nurturing team whom I am very proud of
and who continually strive to improve and raise the standards. Lollipops offer children and families a home
from home environment with an amazing outdoor space giving children endless
possibilities in play. I look
forward to the future of Lollipops and our amazing team.
BA Early Years
Forest School Leader
Lollipops when it first opened having gained my NNEB qualification in
childcare. I quickly learnt family
values were the essence of Lollipops. I
hadn’t just joined a nursery; I was welcomed into the “Lollipops family” like
everyone who comes through our doors. Over the years
I have continued to gain further qualifications to keep my knowledge and
training up to date from Forest school Leader to my most proudest achievement a
Bachelor of Arts in Early Years. Forest
school has totally changed my approach to outdoor learning ‘I now love
mud’!! My BA had a huge impact; it
challenged me as a Manager. I learnt how
to be a leader, giving me leadership skills enabling me to empower my team and
enthuse them to all have a passion for the outdoors and a love of learning. During my
time at Lollipops I became a mum and now have two amazing boys. Motherhood was a huge learning curve, it also
changed my perspective and as a manager I now have two perspectives a manager
and a mother. Both my children came to
Lollipops and have fond memories of their time with our amazing dedicated team. Over the
years I have cared for many children and their families. I have had the privilege of caring for 2
and 3 generations of families.
It has been a pleasure to be part of many children’s lives that we have
cared for and I hope they look back at their journey at Lollipops with happy,
fun memories of their early years with us as I do. I believe
children only get one childhood and it should be full of fun, exploration, and
discovery and learning with a little bit of magic.